We have applied for a grant to create "Urban Agriculuture", a garden to empower students to create healthy learning environments, take ownership in their communities, and positively impact our neighborhood while providing food for families in need.
Urban Agriculture will be an outdoor classroom for both academic and hands-on learning. There will be a composting and vermicomposting instruction area, an outdoor kitchen for cooking fresh fruits and vegetables, and an instructional area for teaching. We will teach nutrition, cultural, and gardening lessons that will empower the students and community to make healthier choices.
We would rather have class outside because it provides fresh air, Vitamin D, and more space to work. Using technology in the garden will help us keep track of the garden while we're gardening. It also saves paper.
By discussing issues within the community we can make positive changes. For example, trash is a problem. People do not clean up after themselves. Plastic wrappers, soda cans, bottles, etc. are everywhere. Trash in our community creates pollution and gives the campus a bad reputation. So we want to give our peers more information about the importance of picking up trash on campus and taking care of our environment.
Please see our powerpoint below to see pictures of the Urban agriculture garden and our vision.